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allhailthehale t1_j7zulef wrote

Thin blue line in the background, of course.

Edit: like at this point, I see a thin blue line decal as an overt "fuck you" to anyone who dares to criticize the police. Sure, I understand that he's in a position of leadership and part of that is showing pride in the department he's leading. But there's other ways to do that. Thin blue line is an overtly political statement at this point and signals to the community that he's not receptive to feedback or accountability.


canibringmydog t1_j80449r wrote

It was literally banned from cops in LA - like the worst gang of them all. They know what it means.


DrewCrew62 t1_j809664 wrote

It’s very weird to me fire departments started doing the same thing with a red line. Like, I don’t believe anyone was ever going after firefighters, because their entire job is to stop people from dying and they’re well respected overall.


allhailthehale t1_j80cpjc wrote

I think it's because they all work together so much so there's a sense of solidarity. Lots of paramedics are pretty on board with the thin blue line stuff too.


canibringmydog t1_j80revq wrote

I don’t mind firefighters with theirs as much. It still gives an ick but at least I know they’re not killing people because they got scared and then celebrating how now one can touch them with a flag lol


DrewCrew62 t1_j80rndi wrote

Yeah it doesn’t really bother me either, it’s just kinda weird that it exists in the first place. But as a previous commenter said, there’s a ton of overlap on the front line between EMTs, police, and fire


barsoapguy t1_j815dz8 wrote

Police in the US only kill like 1K a year, most of those shootings are justified. This is much ado about nothing.


canibringmydog t1_j818sfh wrote

In 2023 if you still believe that is true, and you think cops should kill anyone, I’ve got nothing to say. Best of luck.


barsoapguy t1_j81cd10 wrote

We have as many weapons as we have people bro, shit is gonna go down.


Syncope7 t1_j84pqcl wrote

City councils go after firefighter unions everyday. Always trying to cut benefits, reduce pensions, or prevent them from getting top of the line equipment. That’s the solidarity.


Blubomberikam t1_j7znsrz wrote

I love the idea of a compassionate man who balls up his fists for a punch every time he talks and is in charge of the enforcement class. Awesome.

Great job Globe, sure needed this pro cop puff piece.


ryanfingawesome t1_j7zo252 wrote

love to see Pure Copaganda with my second cup of coffee in the morning.


rhodyjourno OP t1_j7zmyjk wrote

FROM THE STORY: Boxing gloves emblazoned with the Providence Police shield sit on a table behind the new chief.
For all of the awards and achievements over 28 years at the Providence Police Department — a master’s from Boston University, graduating from the FBI National Academy and senior management programs at Boston University and the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching community policing at Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University, serving on the parole board, the board at the Nonviolence Institute, and working on statewide policies — the gloves are a symbol of his grit.

Soon after emigrating from Medellín, Colombia, at age 13, Oscar Perez started going to a boxing gym near his family’s home in South Providence. He couldn’t speak English, but boxing taught him other lessons, like what it takes to remain standing in a fight.
He’s personable and quick to laugh, but even now, at age 52, he instinctively balls up his fists as he talks.


vegemouse t1_j80xpcu wrote

“Perez has gained a reputation in law enforcement and in the city for compassion and discipline.”

The article doesn’t say how or how he gained that reputation. I also don’t see how his experience as a boxer has anything to do with being a police chief (other than maybe the 40% statistic). This is just blatant copaganda running an ad for a cop.


EricaEquites1 t1_j8623jd wrote

It’s sad to read about this in the Boston Goode. The ProJo is in bad shape, and it’s wicked sad.